Grade Levels: K-3

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about teeth, dental health, and oral hygiene. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Caring for Teeth topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.

Classroom Activities for Teaching About Caring For Teeth

Brush Together
Have your students bring in a toothbrush to class. If possible, give small groups a mirror. Then review the steps for brushing teeth together. Group members can coach and remind each other about proper techniques. You may want to play a 2-3 minute song or use a timer to illustrate how long they should brush. You can also create a checklist for groups to make sure students brush all their teeth: the very back teeth, inner and outer sides of the teeth, back of the front teeth, etc. Walk around the class and monitor groups to make sure they are brushing safely.

Talk to a Dentist

If possible, invite a dentist to talk to your class. He or she can teach and review proper ways to brush and floss and answer questions about oral hygiene. The dentist can also discuss the importance of regular check-ups and explain exactly what happens at the dentist’s office to minimize any anxieties or fears. You may wish to brainstorm a list of questions to ask the dentist before the visit.

Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Caring For Teeth

Brush and Floss Together

Make sure your child remembers to brush his or her teeth at least twice a day. Dentists recommend brushing after eating meals or sweet snacks. Many children do not brush after lunch when they are in school, but on the weekends and holidays they can! Make brushing and flossing together a part of your daily routine and try to brush after lunch on the weekends. Use a timer or play a song to make sure you and your child brushes for the right amount of time. Promoting good oral hygiene now will guard against potential problems in the future.

Floss Time

Many dentists will say that flossing is more important than brushing! Dentists recommend helping children under nine years old when they floss. Take time to help your child floss properly. Model good habits by flossing your own teeth and having your child observe closely. Then help your child floss his or her own teeth. You may want to floss a few teeth for your child and then have him or her take over. Don’t forget to rinse after!